History of Liberia

This is a subject that should be taught in every history class in high school. I remember the first time I heard of the country Liberia, and sadly I didn't have a clue of where it was located in the world. While this short read will not give you the full picture of the history of this intriguing country.

Liberia is a country in West Africa which was founded, established, colonized, and controlled by citizens of the United States and ex-Caribbean slaves as a colony for former African American slaves and their free black descendants. It is one of only two sovereign countries in the world that were started by citizens and ex-Caribbean slaves of a political power as a colony for former slaves of the same political power, the other being Sierra Leone established by Great Britian.

Monrovia is named in honor of U.S. President James Monroe, a prominent supporter of the colonization of Liberia and the American Colonization Society. Along with Washington, D.C., it is one of two national capitals to be named after a U.S. President.

The First Liberian Civil War was one of Africa’s bloodiest civil conflicts in the post-independence era. The war claimed more than two hundred thousand Liberian lives in a nation of 2.1 million people and displaced a million other citizens in refugee camps in neighboring countries.

The Second Liberian Civil War began in 1999 when a rebel group backed by the government of neighbouring Guinea the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy. (LURD), emerged in northern Liberia. In early 2003, a second rebel group, the Movement for Democracy in Liberia, emerged in the south, and by June–July 2003, Charles Taylor's government controlled only a third of the country.

The capital Monrovia was besieged by LURD, and the group's shelling of the city resulted in the deaths of many civilians. Thousands of people were displaced from their homes as a result of the conflict. Resulting to many coming to the US in 2000's to seek refuge. One of which I am guardian to today.

I encourage you to look into the history of Liberia

and the US's influence of their history.

There are a view a good documentaries and youtube videos, and also some awesome books by Helene Cooper.